This article showed up (late as usual) in the local paper this weekend.
I used to think that much of the media (not all the media of course) twisting regarding how ‘mean’ and ‘hidebound’ and ‘rules oriented’ Pope John Paul 2 and Pope Benedict were was the worst reporting ever.
I’ve changed my mind. The current twisting regarding how ‘kind’ and ‘non judgmental’ and ‘progressive’ Pope Francis (supposedly) is and how he is REJECTING the ‘old ways’. . .THAT is the worst reporting ever.
At least in the old bad reporting, one knew that the ad hominem attacks were made in order to attack the Church’s teaching by presenting its leaders as mean, stern, and rigid. One could look beyond and see that the teaching itself wasn’t being attacked; it was the leaders supposed ‘misinterpreting’. . .and one could then gain a true understanding.
In this new bad reporting, instead of attacking the man who is Pope, they are praising him and they are beginning to directly attack the ‘supposed teaching’. This is much harder for many (even Catholics) to see, because it looks as though many media are actually gaining an appreciation for the Pope and the Church.
They aren’t, though. What they are attempting to do is erect a false pope in THEIR image, and present his teachings as the ‘real gospel’.
We knew it was coming. We were warned. But as we are seeing, even some of the faithful are being swayed into thinking Pope Francis is 'making changes on Catholic teaching", although the supposed ‘plain, caring, progressive Pope" is actually not doing anything HIMSELF contrary to Church teaching. Unfortunately, much of the media is trying to present Francis’ ‘style’ as being more ‘true’ than that of John Paul 2 and Benedict, and are trying to present appearance of good as good itself.
As we should know, appearances don’t necessarily reveal the truth of a person or a teaching. If it ‘appears’ that a person is humble (because he wears ‘plain clothing’ and drives an old car, when he COULD wear ‘fancier clothes’ or drive a ‘fancier car’), the person might indeed be humble, OR he might not. The appearance doesn’t necessarily indicate the HEART of the person.
Likewise, the APPEARANCE that Francis is ‘kinder’ and ‘non judgmental’ is being presented as the actual TEACHING of the Church --IOW, it is being presented to the world that the Catholic Church, as led by the ‘good Francis’, is not the ‘old’ Catholic Church of the ornate, Latin-loving, gold vestment wearing, be aware of sins’, but a supposed new “plain, 21st century, humble, 'don’t call ANYTHING sinful and embrace every action because there is no real sin except not being ‘nice’” Catholic Church. The gospel of this church is a secular one whereby whatever ‘the world’ deems acceptable is accepted, and whatever ‘the world’ deems is not ‘nice’ is not acceptable.
Calling homosexual ACTIONS (not the person) sinful? That’s not NICE. Pope Francis doesn’t do it, therefore the Catholic Church has CHANGED and become ‘one of us’, a nice Church in the world’s own image, ready to proclaim as good what the world says is good, and to ignore as "not our business’ anything that the world doesn’t want addressed.
Don’t fall for it. Pope Francis is NOT leading the Church astray, not teaching wrong, and not about to become just another Dalai Lama 'nice guy giving us nice sayings on stuff that was ‘formerly known as religion’.